Abraham Lincoln was a 19th century Human politician who served as the 16th President of the United States of America. As one of his duties as president, he served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Union Army from 1861 until 1865 during his country's civil war. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Savage Curtain")
The painting entitled First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln, depicting an image of Abraham Lincoln surrounded by his Cabinet members, Salmon P. Chase, Gideon Welles, Caleb B. Smith, William H. Seward, and Montgomery Blair during the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, was contained in the library computer aboard the Enterprise. A second image overlaid the painting representing Lincoln's signature of the document. These images were also flashed on the viewscreen when the Talosians scanned the Enterprise computer in 2254. (TOS-R: "The Cage")
Scenes from Lincoln's election victory were among the images of Human history on Earth displayed by the Guardian of Forever. Contained in these images were voters carrying signs that read such slogans as: "Lincoln Wins!", "Lincoln and Liberty", and "Old Abe Lincoln: Came Out of the Wilderness." (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")
Lincoln was a personal hero of James T. Kirk. In 2269, the USS Enterprise encountered an image of Lincoln in orbit of Excalbia, created by the Excalbians to help their understanding of the Human concepts of "good" and "evil." Though obviously an illusion created from Kirk's mind and the Enterprise memory banks, Kirk insisted on greeting Lincoln with full Presidential honors upon his boarding the Enterprise. In the initial conflict forced by the Excalbians, the middle-aged simulacrum of Lincoln was able to hold his own against the forces of "evil", forcing Kahless "the Unforgettable" and Genghis Khan into retreat. The simulated Lincoln recognized a kindred spirit in the re-created image of the Vulcan patriarch, Surak, and sacrificed his "life" in an effort to save his counterpart. After witnessing Lincoln's second "death", Kirk felt he understood something of what Earth had to endure before achieving "final peace". (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")
When Berlinghoff Rasmussen made clear that he couldn't tell Captain Jean-Luc Picard about the future, he compared the captain's situation to that of Abraham Lincoln, who might have changed his theater plans had he known what lay ahead of him. (TNG: "A Matter of Time")
Memorable quotes Edit
- "We fight on their level. With trickery, brutality, finality. We match their evil."
- "There is no honorable way to kill. No gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war except its ending."
|Selected Presidents of the United States of America|
|George Washington (1789) • Andrew Jackson (1829) • Abraham Lincoln (1861) • Ulysses S. Grant (1869) • Theodore Roosevelt (1901) • Woodrow Wilson (1913) • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933) • Harry S. Truman (1945) • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953) • John F. Kennedy (1961) • Lyndon B. Johnson (1963) • Richard M. Nixon (1969) • Jimmy Carter (1977) • Ronald Reagan (1981) • George H.W. Bush (1989) • William J. Clinton (1993) • George W. Bush (2001) • ...|
Background information Edit
In "The Savage Curtain", Lincoln was portrayed by actor Lee Bergere. Early planning had Mark Lenard in the role. He was eager to take the part, inspired by having played two well-received roles on Star Trek, but he ultimately couldn't accept it due to prior commitments to another TV series. "The Lincoln segment came up about Christmas time when we had a slight hiatus," he recalled, "and I thought I could work it in [...] But it turned out we just couldn't work it in. I think we went back to work on the other series too soon, and instead of having the six or seven days I would have needed to do the role, I only had three or four days." (Starlog, No. 42, p. 24)
Abraham Lincoln served as a visual inspiration for the look for David Warner's character of Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Gorkon was designed to resemble Lincoln, as indicated in the DVD special features for the film.
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 274), Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809.